Transcending everyday consciousness

Would you like to enter the higher reaches of human nature?

Let a great composer and a great performer get you 'into the zone'!.

J. S. Bach - German Lutheran organist and one of the greatest musical minds in Western music.
J. S. Bach - German Lutheran organist and one of the greatest musical minds in Western music.

Find a quiet five minutes to listen to this video of the great Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita interpreting a work by the great Lutheran German organist J. S. Bach.

Click here to watch the video at You Tube.

Read this great description, watch the video and look at the architecture as Blair Jackson describes his experience of the transcendental at a performance of Bach by Yamashita, in a Lutheran church in San Francisco.

"What an engrossing and enriching journey these two concerts proved to be. I felt privileged to have witnessed Yamashita’s remarkable feat, the cumulative power of which is indescribable. Four days later, my head is still filled with glorious Bach bouncing through my head when I least expect it. It’s a wonderful feeling." - Blair Jackson.

Kazuhito Yamashita plays all the Bach pieces for solo violin.
Kazuhito Yamashita plays all the Bach pieces for solo violin.

Perspective in a Pumpkin

Remember Cezanne's three basic shapes?

  1. Square
  2. Triangle
  3. Circle

When we add a 3rd dimension (depth) to these shapes we get:

  1. Cube
  2. Cone
  3. Sphere

This video shows us how to realistically place eyes and a mouth on a pumpkin, and rotate it in any direction.

Perspective tricks that work: Spheres and pumpkins
Perspective tricks that work: Spheres and pumpkins

A fantastic video from the master of perspective - Marshall Vandruff. This is the guy I talk about in most classes who teaches perspective with chalk and a blackboard.

Sketching Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' version 1

This is one of my sketches from a Van Gogh Sunflowers session.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

"Sunflowers ?? !! ?? ", I hear you exclaim!

Here is the sketch and the original Van Gogh.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Van Gogh's Sunflowers No.1

Aha! Hopefully you are saying "aha!" about now.

Can you see that it is an abstract version of the painting? All good painting and drawing is based on abstraction. Our brain interprets the world via abstractions.

So this is a compositional sketch. I am looking for:

  1. The big shapes
  2. The relationship between those shapes
  3. The rhythms

This process is explained in my book: How to Sketch Shapes.

How to Sketch Shapes - by Peter Inglis

Click here to see when this lesson is available

Palette

Inglis Code #874

As you paint, your palette should develop colours according to this graph.

The Inglis Colour Palette - organised after the Chevreaux colour wheel - Image © 2017 Peter Inglis

We use the 3 properties of colour to define and mix them: 1. Hue. 2. Tone. 3. Chroma.

Put the high chroma colours (straight from the tube) on the outside.

As we mix colours, the chroma decreases and we move toward the centre.